The Best Tastes of Summer

Is it really the end of August?¬† We went to Film on the Rocks on Monday night — FYI, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is still just as good as it was when I was 10 — and there was a definite chill in the air.¬† I can feel it.¬† Autumn is on its way!¬† In other words, cue summer recap posts.¬† Starting with this one where I share my favorite homemade bites from this summer.

This combo of Green Mexican Rice with Corn and Fried Plantains that I made a few times this summer.

And obviously loved.  Please ignore the fact that I burnt those plantains.  I got better as the summer went on.

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This Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad that made me sad shrimp is so expensive.

Colorado… so landlocked, so lame.

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This Corn Frittata that made me realize corn and cheese do go together.

And made for the most summery-looking dinner alongside some bread and a green bean salad.

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This Best of Summer Kale Salad that had the best dressing ever.

I wanted to drink the leftovers for real.

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Our favorite Mushroom & Kale Quesadillas that never ever disappoint.

I mean, there’s cream cheese.

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These Nacho Fries that are so delicious and so fun to eat.

Also at this point I am like 80% potato.¬† Can’t stop, won’t stop with the fries this summer.

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This Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie I whipped together last Sunday when I realized A) we were out of leftovers (the horror!), B) it was about to be a new workweek and C) I did NOT have the energy for a trip to the grocery so I kinda switched a few things up based on what was in the fridge.

It turned out to be cheesy deliciousness at its finest.

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And last but not least, these Smoky Tilapia Tacos.

We made these last week and though they were incredibly simple, I loved them.

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I still have time to re-make each and every one of these things before summer ends, right?!

Happy Friday, everyone!

 

 

 

10 Days

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Well, we are officially 10 days out from our wedding (single digits tomorrow)!!!!  Gulp.  So naturally, I am becoming very nostalgic and retrospective about the past year.

It has been stressful and time-consuming.  There were moments where our cake design seemed like the most urgent, important and life-altering decision in the world.  What can I say?  I have a very determined, obsessive and perfectionist personality so of course I carried that with me into our wedding planning.

But it has also been fun and exciting.¬† Considering “quality time” is my love language and planning (essentially) the biggest party of our lives took a lot of teamwork between Joey and I, this past year has been the best thing ever.¬† I won’t lie, we have fought over silly little details but we have also laughed, celebrated and cried tears of joy (okay maybe that was just me…).¬† Our relationship feels so.much.stronger. than it ever has!

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You’re not really ready to get married until you’ve both worn the veil, right?

I surprised myself by being laid back about things — um who am I? — and Joey has surprised me by having a strong opinion about things — he picked all our ceremony songs and they are so perfect — and we agreed on more things than I initially thought we would.¬† In the end, I feel like planning this wedding has really brought us together :)

I will not pretend that doing everything¬†ourselves — as in handpicking all the details and throwing the thing without a coordinator — has been easy but it has also felt right for us.¬† Everything, from the food to the live band to the venue has felt so us.¬† And really, that’s all I ever wanted.

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Oh and remember way back when I said our plan was to be done with everything two weeks before so there was no last minute scramble?¬† Well we still have a few small things to take care of but for the most part, I think we may have actually pulled that one off.¬† Let’s hope it all pays off on the day of!

I have family from Louisiana, Ohio and Arizona coming into town plus friends from Indiana, Iowa and DC and every time I think about the fact that people are willing to get on a plane for us, I get all melty inside  :)

10 days!!!!!!

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Weekend Things

This weekend I…

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Went to the wrong Rockies game.  Lost 13-4 on Friday, but won with a walk off single in the 13th inning on Saturday night.

Had breakfast with my dad. ¬†We talked wedding details, what it was like to grow up in the 60’s and how similar my mom and I are.

Got the most amazing facial and followed it up with a massage.  I was basically out of commission for the rest of the day.

Accompanied Hannah on a Target run where she rode around in one of those motorized carts because she has a broken leg!

Wrote bridal shower thank you notes.  If yours is written in shaky handwriting you can assume I wrote it once the iced coffee I was drinking had kicked in.

Made a zucchini pie and had the Food Network on for a majority of the day on Sunday.  The Kitchen is my favorite.

Drank mint-peach sangria and ate cheese with my sister during some Sunday evening Happy Hour action.

Welcomed Joey home from his bachelor party — he was in Vegas with 10 other guys‚Ķ — and didn’t even pretend to be sympathetic that he was tired :P

 

 

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